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  • EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

    PRODUCER: PRODUCER: PRODUCER: PRODUCER: COORDINATING PRODUCER: DIRECTOR:

    DAVID E. KELLEY RICK WALLACE ELODIE KEENE JAMES C. HART JOHN HILL ROBERT K. BREECH ALICE WEST ELODlE KEENE

    L.A. LAW

    "The Bitch is Back"

    Written by

    David'E. Kelley

    Script #7LOl

    Story #3539 July 16, 1990

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    L.A. LAW

    "The Bitch is Back"

    MICHAEL KUZAK ARNOLD BECKER LELAND MCKENZIE ANN KELSEY DOUGLAS BRACKMAN, JR. GRACE VAN OWEN ABBY PERKINS VICTOR SIFUENTES STUART MARKOWITZ ROXANNE MELMAN JONATHAN ROLLINS BENNY STULWICZ

    Rosalind Shays Murray Melman Jack Sollers Eric Perkins Corrinne Hammond Becker Chloe Hammond Brian Chisolm Judge Michael Alexander Richard Nunn Reporter #1 Reporter #2 Police Officer ADA Scott Thompson Dr. Daniel Wolin Kenny Alde:z::-Bruce Rogoff Matthew Markowitz Judge Walter Stone Cindy Brown (non-speaking)

    CAST LIST

  • INTERIORS

    LAW FIRM: MCKENZIE'S OFFICE OFFICE COMPLEX CONFERENCE ROOM KOZAK'S OFFICE ABBY'S OFFICE BECKER'S OFFICE

    BRUCE ROGOFF'S OFFICE

    HOSPITAL WAITING ROOM HOSPITAL ROOM

    MARKOWITZ'S KITCHEN

    L.A. LAW

    "The Bitch is Back"

    SET LIST

    CIVIL COURT - JUDGE MICHAEL ALEXANDER CORRIDOR COURTROOM WITNESS ROOM

    CRIMINAL COURT - JUDGE WALTER STONE COURTROOM

    EXTERIORS

    OFFICE BUILDING (MCKENZIE BRACKMAN)

    CRIMINAL COURT

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    L.A. LAW

    "The Bitch is Back"

    FADE IN

    EXT. OFFICE BUILDING - EVENING

    INT. MCKENZIE'S OFFICE - EVENING

    All the partners are present, none looking too happy. After a sobering beat of silence -

    KELSEY We have to make it go away. The publicity alone will hurt us.

    MCKENZIE (testy)

    She can~t win this trial.

    KOZAK It doesn't matter. This'll be ugly, Leland, we don't need our dirty laundry hung out there for everyone to see.

    BECKER He's right. Let's get out now.

    As under Roxanne pokes her head into the room.

    A beat.

    ROXANNE Excuse me. They're here.

    MCKENZIE Bring em in.

    (to the others) Douglas and I will take this. Everybody else outside.

    INT. COMPLEX - EVENING

    CUT TO:

    Through the doors comes ROSALIND SRAYS, accompanied by high powered attorney JACK SOLLERS, fifties, expensive suit. They stop to let the other partners exit McKenzie's office. Eye contact is exchanged but no words whatsoever. Silence. Then follow Rosalind and Sollers into

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    McKenzie and Brackman remain seated. No welcoming niceties. Rosalind and Sollers take their seats. A beat.

    MCKENZIE (cutting to it)

    One hundred and twenty-five thousand, sealed, no admission of liability.

    SOLLERS This isn't a game, Leland.

    MCKENZIE C'mon, Jack. There was no bad faith, no sex discrimination, you've got no case. The only reason I'm offering anything is to avoid the embarrassment of a public spectacle.

    SOLLERS Five-hundred, that's rock bottom.

    BRACKMAN You've got to be kidding.

    MCKENZIE Not a chance .

    . SOLLERS (to McKenzie)

    You don't want this to go forward, my friend. It'll put you and this entire firm on trial, and we both know there's somebody in this room who could end up looking pretty pathetic.

    MCKENZIE I'm not giving her half a million dollars.

    SOLLERS (smiles)

    I have to admit ... I was hoping you'd say that.

    (to Rosalind) Shall we?

    And they rise. Then

    Silly Leland. last mistake.

    ROSALIND You just made your

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    And they exit. We can almost see the steam coming off McKenzie's head. Off this we

    SMASH CUT TO:

    MAIN TITLES

    INT. CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY

    staff meeting beginning. All present.

    BRACKMAN okay, first up, as you all probably know, Shays vs. McKenzie Brackman starts today.

    KELSEY Abby and I got subpoenaed this morning.

    MCKENZIE What?

    BRACKMAN

    BRACKMAN Oh my God.

    BECKER What could she want with you?

    KELSEY I think it may have something to do with what I said to her after she lost the senior partnership.

    MCKENZIE What did you say?

    KELSEY (a little sheepish)

    Something like ... this wouldn't have 'happened to her if she was a man.

    SIFUENTES I'm hearing this ~?

    BECKER

    MCKENZIE You said that?

    You better not say that on the stand.

    KELSEY Am I suppose to lie?

    BRACKMAN Of course. Yes.

    BECKER

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  • 5 CONTINUED: MCKENZIE For God's sake, Ann, this is a sex discrimination claim, you'll make her whole case.

    KELSEY What are you suggesting, Leland? That I commit perjury?

    MCKENZIE I'm suggesting that conversation took place almost six months ago. You couldn't possibly be expected to remember it.

    (an awkward beat) And Abby. We know you liked Rosalind. But I would expect a little loyalty in your testimony as well.

    ABBY Meaning what?

    MCKENZIE (slightly threatening)

    Meaning just that. For both of you. This firm is risking serious exposure here, this is not a time to be overly righteous. Now let's move on.

    BRACKMAN Michael, your murder case seems to be getting a lot of press.

    KOZAK Well, tomorrow we plead it out, and I think the media will go away.

    ROLLINS Why shouldn't it? It was just a black kid who 'died.

    KUZAK It was an accident.

    ROLLINS Yeah. An accident by a white cop.

    KOZAK You got a problem, Jonathan?

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    MCKENZIE Alright, that's enough. Look, we're all under a lot of pressure here, let's not start sniping at each other. Why don't we adjourn and get ready, we've got a big day ahead. I want as many as possible in the courtroom. If Rosalind says anything we can trip her up on, I want to be able to do it. Grace, you second chair. I want a woman front and center on this. You ready, Victor?

    SIFUENTES Ready.

    MCKENZIE Good. Let's go.

    BRACKMAN Best of luck to us all.

    And they rise to file out, under

    VAN OWEN (sotto)

    Lot of pressure, kid.

    SIFUENTES (sotto)

    Tell me about it.

    INT. COMPLEX - DAY

    CUT TO:

    As they all emerge from the conference room, we follow Becker toward his office, where Roxanne is superv~s~ng two workmen, carrying a big Christmas tree, past her desk, into Becker's office.

    ROXANNE (to the workmen)

    In front of the window right by the sofa.

    BECKER (pleased)

    Great. Rox, you get the popcorn strings?

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    ROXANNE You can't find popcorn strings in October, Arnie. This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard of.

    BECKER Hey, you want portrait Christmas cards by December, you gotta take the pictures now.

    MURRAY (0. S . ) Ho. he hOe Is it Christmas already?

    ROXANNE (shutting her eyes)

    Oh God. Not today.

    As MURRAY MELMAN approaches.

    MURRAY Cause if it is, I got the perfect gift. Rox, honey, this time I've done it.

    (to McKenzie as he passes)

    Hiya, Le.

    Murray.

    MCKENZIE (not breaking stride; polite)

    ROXANNE Daddy, it's a little hectic today.

    BECKER- MURRAY -What about hats? I asked for hats.

    Too hectic to make a million bucks?

    ROXANNE (handing Becker-three Santa hats)

    Here are the hats.

    BECKER MURRAY Wow. Great. I've done it,

    Rox. This one's, gonna sell.

    Becker retreats into his office and closes the door.

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  • 6 CONTINUED: (2) MURRAY Watch my hands, you don't see nothin'. But when I go like this ... As he lifts his hands to the sky, his trousers crisply drop to his knees, revealing bright red shorts.

    Whoosh!

    Daddy! !

    MURRAY

    ROXANNE

    MURRAY (as he lowers his hands and the pants go back up)

    It's all done with strings. And a little pully behind my neck.

    ROXANNE 0addy, for God'S sake!!

    MURRAY It's a novelty gag, we'll sell 'em to college frat houses. And what about people who hate standin' in line. You're twelve deep at the bank teller, you're in a rush ...

    (hands go up, pants, down)

    They scatter like chickens.

    ROXANNE Stop it!

    MURRAY (demonstrating)

    Up. Down. up. Down. It's like physics.

    . ROXANNE Damn it, Daddy, you can't keep doing this! You can't keep charging in here with your little inventions, this is a law firm.

    As Benny arrives.

    MURRAY Benny, baby. Wanna make a few extra bucks? I need to do some testing, work out the bugs.

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    BENNY What bugs?

    ROXANNE Daddy, please.

    MURRAY (to Benny, as he throws the hands up)

    Do this.

    As Benny puts his hands up

    ROXANNE (weakly) Oh God.

    MURRAY You're hired, Ben. You're hired.

    And we

    CUT TO:

    INT. KOZAK'S OFFICE - DAY

    Kuzak is present with BRIAN CHISOLM, mid-twenties, rugged, nervous.

    KOZAK Reckless endangerment, that's the best they'll give us. We can plea it out to two suspended.

    CHISOLM I won't have to serve time?

    KOZAK (shaking "no")

    All suspended. But, Brian, it's a criminal conviction. Your days as a police officer are probably over.

    CHISOLM (a beat)

    It ain't fair. Three years on the force, spotless. One accident and I can't be a cop anymore?

    KOZAK That accident cost an innocent boy his life.

    CHISOLM I was shot at. I had to

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    KOZAK But not by the kid you killed. Look, we can go for the not guilty. But the O.A.'s office is taking a lot of heat, they'll have to push for murder two. You don't want to chance that, not in this climate.

    CHISOLM You said yourself, they qot no case.

    KOZAK You did fire the gun. And you never know what a jury will do. We take the plea, we guarantee no jail time, you can get on with your life.

    CHISOLM That's what you recommend?

    KOZAK Yeah. We'd go in tomorrow. And we'd be done with it.

    CHISOLM (a beat; defeated)

    Okay.

    Off this, we

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    INT. CIVIL COURT - DAY

    Sifuentes and Van Owen at the defense table. Behind them sit McKenzie, Brackman, Becker, Kelsey and Markowitz. Rosalind sits al~ne at the plaintiff's table, as Jack Sollers begins his opening. JUDGE MICHAEL ALEXANDER presides.

    SOLLERS When Rosalind Shays joined McKenzie Brackman last January, she knew it was a ship taking on water. That's why she was brouqht in, after all, to fix the leak. But there was no way even she could anticipate the level of InCompetence that so pervaded this stumbling, bumbling group of lawyers.

    McKenzie et ale shift a little in their seats. Exchange looks with each other.

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    SOLLERS The head litigator was so invested in a murder trial, for which he wasn't even getting paid by the way, that they had to throw their little tax attorney into litigation.

    ANGLE MARKOWITZ.

    RESUME

    SOLLERS The matrimonial attorney, when he wasn't making home videos for do-it-yourself divorces, or when he wasn't getting sued over them for malpractice, was busy stealing files and planning midnight defections. The senior partner was tired and old, while the administrative partner went from wearing toupees to braces, while bouncing through love affairs involving women such as his own father's mistress, as well as a sexual surrogate.

    Brackman is appalled. Sifuentes barely stifles the urge to smile.

    SOLLERS Ordinarily, I'd tell you to just look at this collection of kooks and have a good chuckle. But what they did to my client . wasn't funny. Facing bankruptcy, they brought her in to rescue them. Made her senior partner, to bring them credibility. The evidence will show, ladies and gentlemen, that Rosalind Shays not only brought them credibility, she brought them clients, she brought them money, she brought them the profit and prestige they never had. Then, after she did all this, this little boys' club decided they didn't want a woman steering the ship. And they got rid of he~. Just like that, after she served their purpose, they dumped her.

    (MORE)

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    SOLLERS (Cont/d) (a long beat)

    You ,know, as a rule, I don't take cases where the defendant is another attorney. Call it professional courtesy, I don't know, but generally I refuse to attack other lawyers, it's like turning on one of your own. But when I saw what they did ... when I saw this repulsive level of deceit, and this blatant sex discrimination ... oh yeah, I took the case. As a fellow member of the bar, I'm embarrassed, even ashamed, by what they did. And I'm gonna get them. Appealing to the evidence, appealing to the truth, appealing to your fundamental notion of fairness, I'm gonna- teach this unscrupulous bunch of thieving sharks a lesson they'll never forget.

    And Sollers returns and sits. Off this we

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    END ACT ONE

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    ACT TWO

    FADE IN

    INT. CIVIL COURT - DAY

    Same present as at opening statements. Same" day.

    JUDGE ALEXANDER Okay, Mr. Sollers, let's go.

    SOLLERS Yes, your honor. Plaintiff calls as its first witness Mr. Stuart Markowitz.

    McKenzie, Sifuentes et al react with surprise, especially Markowitz, under

    SIFUENTES Objection. This witness is not on their list.

    SOLLERS He's on yours.

    SIFUENTES Yes, he's on oUrs and he's prepared to testify for-llS not you.

    SOLLERS He can testify for whoever he wants, I'm simply asking him to do so ~.

    SIFUENTES And I'm objecting to that.

    JUDGE ALEXANDER Counsel.

    SIFUENTES (alarmed)

    Your honor, if he intended to call this witness as part of his case, he should have included him on his list.

    JUDGE ALEXANDER What's the big deal, Mr. Sifuentes. You were planning to call him anyway so -

    SIFUENTES The big deal is he was scheduled to be our fourth or fifth witness which is considerably down the road.

    (MORE)

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    SIFUENTES (Cont'd) I haven't prepared his testimony with him and I -

    SOLLERS (with a wink to the jury)

    I don't want the prepared version, I'm more interested in the truth.

    SIFUENTES Objection!

    JUDGE ALEXANDER Alright, counsel.

    JUDGE ALEXANDER Mr. Sifuentes, I'm overruling your objection.

    SIFUENTES I move for a continuance to allow discovery, to determine -

    JUDGE ALEXANDER No.

    SIFUENTES Your honor!

    JUDGE ALEXANDER Call the witness.

    CLERK Mr. Stuart Markowitz.

    And Markowitz rises. Gives a look to Kelsey et al., then heads for the witness stand as we

    CUT TO:

    INT. ABBY'S OFFICE - DAY

    Close on Abby

    ABBY (stern)

    This is totally unacceptable. I'd like an explanation.

    Pull back to reveal her son, ERIC, age nine, sitting opposite her. She has his report card.

    ERIC I tried my best.

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    ABBY You did not try your best, young man. Two B's and three C's is not your best. How do you go from an A minus to a C in geography, can you tell me that?

    ERIC ( a litttle scared)

    I'm sorry.

    ABBY I'm not interested in "sorry". You're a "Perkins", Eric. "Perkins" do not get two B's and three C's. I am very cross about this, do you understand?

    ERIC Yes.

    ABBY And there's gonna be no soccer, no little league, if these grades don't come up, do you understand that?

    ERIC Yes.

    ABBY Good. Now you just sit there and do your homework while Mommy finishes her work. Go ahead, open those books, I am very cross.

    And she goes back to her paperwork. book. After a beat, Abb glances up too devastated. satisfied that he's her work as we

    Eric opens his math to make sure he's not okay, she returns to

    INT. CIVIL COURT - DAY

    Sollers has Markowitz on the stand.

    SOLLERS What was the reason Ms. Shays was brought in as a partner, sir?

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  • 13 CONTINUED: MARKOWITZ (a little nervous) Well uh ... the firm was becoming less profitable and we felt we needed somebody who could expand our client base.

    SOLLERS And Ms. Shays accomplished that, didn't she?

    MARKOWITZ Yes.

    SOLLERS In fact, in her short tenure, my client increased your revenues by thirty two percent, isn't that right?

    MARKOWITZ That would be right, yes.

    SOLLERS And it would also be right, wouldn't it, that at the time she came, your firm was in considerable disarray, to the point

    MARKOWITZ The firm was functioning just fine.

    SOLLERS Was it now? Well I'd be interested in knowing how a tax attorney such as yourself, with no litigation experience whatsoever in ever 18 years of practice, was suddenly trying cases?

    MARKOWITZ (defensive)

    I was totally prepared to litigate.

    SOLLERS Really? What prepared you for that, Mr. Markowitz? Watch a lot of Matlock?

    SIFUENTES objection!

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    JUDGE ALEXANDER Sustained.

    MARKOWITZ {very defensive)

    If you look at my trial record, you'll see I accounted for myself just fine.

    SOLLERS Oh yes, your trial record. Your first trial concerned a woman suing over a bad date and the next one involved an old rabbi whose hand slipped during a bris.

    MARKOWITZ I did a good job in both.

    SOLLERS No doubt. But do you think these big trials really prepared you for your next case, Mr. Markowitz?

    (no response) I'm talking about a major personal injury trial, where you represented a man who had been tortured by electrocution.

    MARKOWITZ I was ready.

    SOLLERS This was a potential multi-million dollar suit, it was a huge case. And they gave it to you?

    SIFUENTES Objection! This has no relevance to -

    JUDGE ALEXANDER Overruled!

    SOLLERS (pressing)

    Did they at least have Mr. Kuzak or Mr. Sifuentes back you up? Anybody with more experience, maybe your wife, even?

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    SIFUENTES Objection. This is completely irrelevant and .

    SOLLERS It goes to show what a mess this firm was. This man had no business trying cases, he's an accountant with a law degree.

    KELSEY (leaping up)

    Objection!

    SIFUENTES (to Kelsey)

    Sssshh! !

    BECKER (sotto)

    Ann!

    JUDGE ALEXANDER You can't make objections, mam, you're not an attorney of record here.

    SOLLERS What happened at this torture trial, Mr. Markowitz?"

    MARKOWITZ We lost.

    SOLLERS You lost. And according to the trial transcripts, the defendant took the stand himself and in front of the jury ... he admitted to doing it. He admitted to wiring up your client's genitals and sending electric currents through his body, he admitted it, didn't he?

    MARKOWITZ ~es he did.

    SOLLERS And you still lost. What a gifted attorney you must be.

    SIFUENTES Objection.

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    SOLLERS withdrawn.

    (as he returns) Pity for us they didn't put you in charge of this trial.

    SIFUENTES Objection!

    SOLLERS Withdrawn again. I'm sorry.

    Off Markowitz we

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    INT. WITNESS ROOM - DAY

    As they all enter -

    BRACKMAN You certainly didn't have to be so passive, Stuart.

    SIFUENTES Listen. I think -

    KELSEY I can't believe she'd stoop to this.

    MARKOWITZ What could I say?

    BRACKMAN You just sat there and took it.

    MARKOWITZ Shut up, Douglas.

    MCKENZIE Hey, come on.

    KELSEY (to Sifuentes)

    BRACKMAN Oh, now he fights back:--

    Why the hell weren't you objecting, Victor?

    SIFUENTES Hey, I objected, there was nothing I could do.

    VAN OWEN Let's not turn on each other.

    MARKOWITZ (to Kelsey)

    What were you jumping up for?

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    MARKOWITZ (Cont'd) That was embarrassing.

    BRACKMAN Somebody had to save you.

    . KELSEY I was trying to bail you out, Stuart?

    VAN OWEN ~ on.

    MARKOWITZ Shut up, Douglas.

    MCKENZIE That's enough.

    MARKOWITZ BRACKMAN I really appreciate the support I'm getting, I really do. Let's put

    I said it from the beginning, letting him try cases would come to haunt us. And he wanted to be senior partner, can you imagine?

    BECKER I'm telling you we should really think about settling. !-1ake this thing disappear.

    you on the stand, Douglas.

    , MCKENZIE Everybody shut up.

    Suddenly Markowitz clutches at his chest, gulping air.

    And

    Stuart! KELSEY

    MARKOWITZ (having trOUble breathing)

    Oh God. Oh God.

    KELSEY MCKENZIE Stuart. Stuart, take it easy!

    Markowitz suddenly goes down.

    KELSEY BRACKMAN (going to his aid) It's a trick. Get

    Oh my God. Oh my god. up, Stuart.

    SIFUENTES MCKENZIE Get him on his back. Douglas, call an

    ambulance.

    BECKER He's having a heart attack!

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    MCKENZIE (yelling)

    Go Douglas!!

    As Brackman exits

    KELSEY SIFUENTES Stuart. Oh my God, no. Please no.

    (on his knees) Make sure he's getting airl Make 'sure he can breathe!

    Off this we

    BECKER He's breathing. He's breathing.

    KELSEY Oh please God. Stuart!

    SIFUENTES Hang in there, Stuart. It's okay. It's gonna be okay.

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    Markowitz is being rolled down the corridor on a stretcher, oxygen mask fixed to mouth. McKenzie, Brackman, Van Owen, Sifuentes, Becker and Kelsey are trotting down along side.

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    EXT. CRIMINAL COURT - DAY

    INT. CRIMINAL COURT - DAY

    The place is jammed. Attorney RICHARD NUNN, forties, black, stands in front of a huge media throng, as hundreds of protestors, most of them black, surround them. There is also a huge presence of police blue, most of which are standing guard at the courtroom.

    NUNN (holding court)

    The district attorney is selling justice. A black teenager is dead and they're selling justice because the murderer is a cop!

    As Kuzak and Chisolm step off the elevator.

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    KOZAK (seeing it)

    Oh God.

    CHISOLM (a little panicked)

    What's going on?

    KOZAK (full of adrenalin)

    You stay right with me. We're moving' right through it.

    CHISOLM What the hell is this?

    KOZAK Just say nothing and move. Let's go.

    And they charge for the courtroom. Nunn, seeing them, moves to interc~pt.

    NUNN There he is, right here. The cop who shoots black kids. Goin' in to complete the transaction!

    And the REPORTERS pounce, yelling questions, including

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    Mr. Kuzak! Is it true you've reached a deal?!

    Is the d.a. trying to sweep this away?

    KOZAK We have no comment.

    NUNN (right in his way; almost pushing)

    The people will comment, Mr. Kuzak! Selective- prosecution, the people will comment.

    KOZAK (almost sotto to Nunn; threatening)

    Get out of my fa~e, Mr. Nunn.

    As the reporters and protestors continue to fire questions, under --

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    NUNN (nose to nose; right back at him)

    Did he get a medal, Mr. Kuzak? The "police give out special merit for killing niggers?

    KOZAK (still near sotto; flaring rage)

    Bump into me again, I'll sue you for assault. Now get the hell out of my way.

    And he pushes through, pulling Chisolm with him, under

    NUNN You bring your American Express Card?

    And Kuzak pulls Chisolm through the police uniforms, under

    POLICE OFFICER You people be quiet now or we're moving you out. This-Is your last warning!

    And Kuzak goes into

    INT. COURTROOM - DAY

    Motion session in progress. JUDGE WALTER STONE presides. More police officers are at the rear of the room, just in case." Kuzak quickly fin~s ADA SCOTT THOMPSON, mid thirties.

    KUZAK I wished the hell you warned me about that.

    THOMPSON What, you don't watch the news?

    KUZAK Let's just get this over with. The clerk ready to call it?

    THOMPSON Mike.

    He head-motions for privacy.

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    wait here.

    And Kuzak steps away with Thompson.

    THOMPSON Things have changed. The deal's off.

    KOZAK What are you talking about?

    THOMPSON It isn't me, it's coming from the top. We're goin' with murder two.

    What?

    KOZAK (stunned; a beat)

    THOMPSON We plea this out, we got a race riot, Mike. We can't

    KOZAK Don't give me that crap, we ~ a deal!

    THOMPSON We don't have a deal. I'm sorry, I really am. But--

    KOZAK You gutless bastards! You're running scared of headlines, for God's sake, you --

    THOMPSON It isn't ~, you understand?

    KOZAK (enraged)

    Then who is it, Scott? The mayor?

    THOMPSON I dunno. All I know is it comes to me from Rogoff. And I don't have a choice.

    Kuzak.holds a look. Then stomps off. Off Thompson, we

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    INT. HOSPITAL WAITING ROOM - DAY

    Kelsey sits there. Waiting. After a beat, DR. DANIEL WOLIN, forties, enters.

    WOLIN He's fine.

    KELSEY (exhaling relief)

    Oh God.

    WOLIN It was an isolated coronary occlusion.

    KELSEY That's a heart attack. It ~ a -heart attack.

    WOLIN Yes, but the angiogram showed blockage in only one artery. did the angioplasty, and he's to be totally recovered.

    KELSEY Can I see him?

    WOLIN He's waiting for you.

    INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY

    We going

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    Markowitz lies in bed, oxygen tubes fed into his nostrils. Kelsey enters.

    KELSEY Hi sweetie.

    MARKOWITZ (a beat)

    I'm sorry.

    KELSEY (through tears)

    What are you talking about? fine, baby. The doctor says just fine.

    MARKOWITZ (struggling)

    I had a heart attack.

    You're you're

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    KELSEY But you're okay, Stuart. You're okay.

    MARKOWITZ I thought I was gonna die. I kept thInking about Matthew.

    KELSEY (calming him)

    Ssssshh.

    MARKOWITZ I don't want to tell him, Ann. I don't want Matthew to ever know about this.

    KELSEY Hey, hey. e'mon.

    She 'kisses his head. She can't stop the tears.

    MARKOWITZ I love you .

    KELSEY I love you too.

    And she drops her head on his chest. He holds her tight. Clutches her as we

    CUT TO:

    INT. CIVIL COURT - DAY

    Sollers has Rosalind on the stand.

    Sifuentes and Van Owen at the defense table, in front of Becker, Brackman, McKenzie.

    ROSALIND (very sympathetic)

    I was very nervous about going there at first. They were such a close knit firm and I was the outsider.

    SOLLERS Why did you join McKenzie Brackman?

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    ROSALIND I suppose it was ego, mostly. They said they were looking for a savior, and that presented a very romantic challenge.

    SOLLERS 00 you think you lived up to that challenge, Ms. Shays?

    ROSALIND I know it's self serving to say I did ... but I did. I brought in new clients, generated over 3 million dollars in revenues and kept existing clients from walking out the door. Everyone was so happy, they made me senior partner.

    SOLLERS Then one day ... it all changed, didn't it?

    Yes.

    ROSALIND (a beat; very quietly)

    SOLLERS What happened?

    She takes a breath for strength. This is a vintage performance.

    ROSALIND I was suddenly told I didn't fit in. Leland, Leland McKenzie, came to me and said ...

    (a beat, showing difficulty)

    ... he said it's not working out. He asked me to quietly resign. And when I said I couldn't do that in good conscience ... he said he would break me.

    (struggling a little) And that's what he did.

    SOLLERS Could you tell us what transpired, mam?

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    ROSALIND Shortly after that, a partners' meeting was quickly arranged and I was told it would be best for me to leave. It was obvious that the whole thing was orchestrated secretly behind my back.

    SIFUENTES Objection, conclusory.

    JUDGE ALEXANDER Overruled.

    SOLLERS Keep going, mama

    ROSALIND I left.

    SOLLERS Quietly?

    ROSALIND Yes. I thought it would be best for everybody if it was done quietly. I thought I could live with it. But I couldn't. I just couldn't.

    SOLLERS So you initiated this lawsuit.

    ROSALIND Yes. They brought me in because they were falling apart. Then after I saved them, after they didn't need me anymore, they threw me out. Rather than share with me the profits I brought in, they threw me out. That isn't right.

    SOLLERS But, mam, with all due respect, you seem to have landed on your feet.

    ROSALIND I'll always wear the blemish. To the legal community, I'll always be the dame who couldn't cut it as a senior partner. And because of that, I'll probably never get another chance.

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    SOLLERS Is being senior partner so important?

    Yes.

    Why?

    ROSALIND (almost hushed)

    SOLLERS

    ROSALIND (a beat; saving the best for last)

    My late husband .. he died five weeks before he was SCheduled to become senior-Partner at his firm. It was his life dream and ... and he never made it.

    (voice quivering ever so slightly)

    I remember holding his hand the night he ...

    (a beat) I vowed to myself that ! would make it. That I would get there to live out his dream. That's why I was so very ~ proud when it happened at McKenz~e Brackman.

    (cracking) And so devastated .. when they took it away for no reason.

    (to the judge, re the break in composure)

    I'm sorry.

    SOLLERS (a beat)

    I have nothing further.

    Rosalind sniffs slightly; gallantly trying to gather herself.

    JUDGE ALEXANDER I think we'll break until tomorrow.

    The jury wants to return a verdict for her right now. Sifuentes, Van Owen, McKenzie et al. just stare at this

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    woman in utter disbelief. What a qoddamn performance! Then off Rosalind, the stoic, couraqeous victim, we

    FADE OUT

    END ACT TWO

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    FADE IN

    INT. MCKENZIE'S OFFICE - DAY

    McKenzie and Brackman present as Sifuentes and Van Owen enter on the cut.

    SIFUENTES What's up?

    MCKENZIE (all business)

    What've you got planned for Rosalind's cross?

    SIFUENTES I'm gonna get in and out, fast as I can. Basically, get her to acknowledge that personality factors into senior partner criteria and that hers was a negative factor.

    MCKENZIE Not enough. I want you to -

    SIFUENTES (anticipating it)

    I think it's a mistake to attack her, Leland. The jury likes her, we'll -

    MCKENZIE I know what you think and I disagree. I'm also very dissatisfied with your performance so far, Victor.

    SIFUENTES Why?

    MCKENZIE First, you let Sollers beat up on Stuart -

    SIFUENTES That's ridiculous.

    MCKENZIE When you should've been protecting him.

    MCKENZIE (Cont'd) Then, you should've objected to the adjournment yesterday after Rosalind's direct.

    (MORE)

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    MCKENZIE (Cont'd) You let her testimony sink in overnight when you could've immediately discredited her.

    SIFUENTES (very annoyed)

    That's wrong. The judge would've overruled the objection, and we would've just come off as bullies, playing right into her case.

    MCKENZIE You're intimidated by Sollers.

    SIFUENTES (flaring)

    Nobody intimidates me, Leland, including you.

    MCKENZIE Fine. From now on, you're second chair. Grace, you're taking over.

    VAN OWEN Leland.

    SIFUENTES What?!

    MCKENZIE You heard me.

    VAN OWEN Le1and, I happen to agree with Victor. Attacking Rosalind could play right into her discrimination claim.

    . MCKENZIE Not if the attack comes from another woman.

    BRACKMAN Our feeling is, we can't win this trial without discrediting her.

    SIFUENTES You're panicking.

    MCKENZIE We're doing what we feel we have to do to win .

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    SIFUENTES And I'm telling you, you're dead wrong.

    VAN OWEN Leland, it's risky. Rosalind good. If we go after her and get her, we really look bad. lose for sure.

    is don't We'll

    MCKENZIE Then you have to get her, Grace. You damn well have to get her.

    Off Van Owen and Sifuentes, we

    INT. BECKER'S OFFICE - DAY

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    Photo session in progress. Various camera and lighting equipment is in place. Photographer KENNY ALDER, forties, aims at the smiling Becker, CORINNE, and CHLOE, the perfect family, sitting on the edge of the sofa, Santa hats on their heads. Red and green Christmas sweaters. The Christmas tree twinkles behind them. Roxanne and Benny are also present. A cockle warming picture.

    ALDER (clicking away)

    Okay, good. Good. Hold those smiles. Per-feet. Okay, let me reload a second, then a few more and we're finished.

    Becker adlibs with Chloe, under

    CORRINNE Roxanne, I'm going to give y.0U a mailing list to put in your computer. Then we can work off that.

    okay.

    ROXANNE (feeling a little put upon)

    CORRINNE Then when you get a chance, maybe you could go through Arnie's rolodex and add the appropriate clients.

    (MORE)

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    KOZAK You have no case, Bruce. You're prosecuting a case you know you can't make and -

    ROGOFF (smug)

    Then you'll have no trouble getting him off.

    KOZAK With the hysteria being whipped up by Nunn, I'll have a lot of trouble!

    ROGOFF If we don't prosecute, it'll be another Bensonhurst.

    KOZAK Oh, and we can't have that, can we? Not when you're up for reelection next month.

    ROGOFF Your two minutes are up. Get out.

    KOZAK You worried about headlines, Bruce? I got plenty. Don't forget, I used to sleep with one of your foot soldiers, I know the politics you play. You prosecuted Lyle Torrey, with illegal evidence, don't think I won't put that dirt in print.

    ROGOFF You'll just look like a desperate defense attorney and anything that sticks will smear your old girlfriend in the process, which is all she and your firm need at the moment.--So don'~ke me laugh with your stupid threats. .

    KOZAK My client is innocent, you son of a bitch.

    ROGOFF Then get him acquitted. Hey, with a trial, you get a bigger fee .

    Kuzak holds a look, then heads out.

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    Off this we

    ROGOFF Nice talking to you.

    INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY

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    Markowitz, fully dressed, sits on the edge of his bed, waiting to check out. He's just staring at his feet, still a little disbelieving of what's happened. A beat, then Kelsey and Dr. Wolin enter.

    DR. WOLIN Hey, here he is, all ready to go.

    MARKOWITZ (acting upbeat)

    Yep. Ready to go.

    DR. WOLIN I was just telling Ann, you should stay quiet for a few days. Take aspirin, get plenty of rest. Next

    . week, I see no, reason why you can't start in with half days.

    (stoic) That's great.

    MARKOWITZ

    DR. WOLIN We'll get you on a cardiac rehabilitation program, you'll be as good as new.

    Terrific. (to Ann)

    Okay, let's go.

    MARKOWITZ

    KELSEY (to Wolin)

    Um. What about ... you know, sex.

    MARKOWITZ Ann.

    KELSEY stuart we have to ,ask, it's important.

    (MORE)

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    KELSEY (Cont'd) (to Wolin)

    will it kill him?

    MARKOWITZ OR. WOLIN Of course not. Ann.

    DR. WOLIN That's a silly myth. Heart attack victims can return to healthy normal sex lives.

    MARKOWITZ (wants to get the hell out)

    Sounds good.

    KELSEY So normal is okay. But anything more than that ...

    Ann

    MARKOWITZ (mortified)

    KELSEY Stuart this is our doctor, we have to be candid.

    (to Wolin) He tends to be a little rigorous.

    OR. WOLIN How rigorous?

    MARKOWITZ For God's sake.

    KELSEY He usually perspires.

    Markowitz is beyond embarrassment now.

    DR. WOLIN I see. Well I would shy away from over exertion. You did just have a heart attack. But sex is okay. Really.

    MARKOWITZ (totally humiliated)

    Can we go now?

    KELSEY (defensive)

    I'm only beirig concerned .

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    MARKOWITZ (snappish)

    Fine. Can we go?

    KELSEY Yes. We can go.

    MARKOWITZ Good.

    And he heads out. She follows under

    KELSEY I was only being concerned.

    Off this we

    CUT TO:

    INT. CIVIL COURT

    Rosalind's on the stand. Van Owen, pumped, rises to begin her cross. She's ready.

    VAN OWEN Okay, Ms. Shays, just a couple of questions about yesterday's testimony. Do you f~el strong enough to continue?

    ROSALIND Yes.

    VAN OWEN Good. First, you kept talking about getting "forced out" of McKenzie Brackman. Were you fired?

    ROSALIND It was made clear to me that -

    VAN OWEN Were you fired, mam?

    ROSALIND Technically, no.

    VAN OWEN (with disciplined intensity)

    Technically, you resigned without anyone directly or indirectly asking for your resignation, correct?

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    ROSALIND I knew I wasn't wanted.

    VAN OWEN Yes, well quitting because you felt unwanted is different from being fired. You also suggested that your departure cost you your share of the profits. But you took clients with you when you left, didn't you?

    ROSALIND A few, yes I did.

    VAN OWEN A few. In fact, you took every client you brought in, plus several pre-existing clients who had been at McKenzie Brackman years before you arrived.

    ROSALIND I didn't force anybody to come with me.

    . VAN OWEN The point is, you led this jury to believe you built this firm up, only to be discarded after you were no longer needed. When in fact, you left this firm much weaker than you found it. When, in fact, you weren't discarded at a time they no longer needed you. You left voluntarily at the time they needed you most. True or false, Ms. Shays?

    ROSALIND That may be true. But-

    VAN OWEN And it's also true that you make more money than any partner at McKenzie Brackman, right now, isn't it?

    ROSALIND Yes.

    VAN OWEN Do you think anybody on this jury got that impression from yesterday's performance?

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    SOLLERS objection!

    JUDGE ALEXANDER sustained. Move on, counsel.

    VAN OWEN How many firms had you gone through prior to McKenzie Brackman?

    ROSALIND I had been with seven law firms previously.

    VAN OWEN Seems like you have a tough time getting along with anybody.

    SOLLERS Objection.

    VAN OWEN Were they all sex .discriminators?

    SOLLERS Obj ection! !

    JUDGE ALEXANDER sustained.

    VAN OWEN Isn't it true, Ms. Shays, you have alienated everybody you have ever worked with?

    ROSALIND No that's not true.

    VAN OWEN Those seven firms totaled four hundred and fifty two lawyers. How many of those colleagues are friends of yours today?

    SOLLERS Objection!

    VAN OWEN Her propensity to sever relationships is directly at issue!

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    SOLLERS Move to strike!! Your honor!!

    ROSALIND I get along with people I work with.

    VAN OWEN (in Rosalind's face)

    Her inability to get along with the people she works with is directly at issue.

    JUDGE ALEXANDER The objection is overruled.

    VAN OWEN Name a friend, Rosalind.

    (brandishing a list) There's four-hundred and fifty-two names there, pick one. Pick out one person who's a friend.

    SOLLERS This is badgering.

    VAN OWEN Go ahead, choose one, I'll subpoena whoever it is.,

    JUDGE ALEXANDER Ms. Van Owen

    SOLLERS Your honor!!

    VAN OWEN Sorry, your honor. Ms. Shays, given the fact you've never developed a close friendship with any of your colleagues, qiven the fact that you've left eight law firms, four of them on very unfriendly terms, given the fact that nobody at McKenzie Brackman even remotely liked you by the end, despite having once liked you enough to elect you senior partner, do you make any room whatsoever for the possibility that you are not a nice person to be around?

    SOLLERS Your honor, this is total badgering! !

    sustained. OWen.

    JUDGE ALEXANDER That'll do, Ms. Van

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    But the damage has been done. Rosalind just stares back at Van Owen. A beat, then

    VAN OWEN I'm done here.

    And Van Owen returns to her table. Gets a well done nod from McKenzie as we

    FADE OUT

    END ACT THREE

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    FADE IN

    INT. OFFICE COMPLEX - DAY

    Kuzak enters, heads for his office. CINDY BROWN, his secretary, sits at her desk.

    KOZAK Get me Jonathan, will you? I need him right away.

    VAN OWEN Mickey. You got a second?

    KOZAK Yeah.

    And they go into

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    VAN OWEN (pissed)

    You want to explain the little stunt with Rogoff?

    KOZAK What stunt?

    VAN OWEN Going to him, threatening him with information you learned through your involvement with me. .

    KOZAK Grace, he's sending a lynch mob after my client because --

    VAN OWEN I'm not talking about what he's doing, I'm talking about_what you ill

    KOZAK I've got an innocent man who --

    VAN OWEN I don't care. My relationship with the district attorney's office is extremely valuable, it's valuable to this Whole firm. I sure as hell don't peed you to poison it.

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    KOZAK I didn't do that.

    VAN OWEN Of courseyou did. Rogoff is pissed at me, he's angry. Which means instead 'of having an advantage when I deal with the d.a.'s office, which I should have after putting in nine years there, I'm disadvantaged. You hurt ~, you hurt every lawyer here.

    KOZAK I disagree.

    VAN OWEN Yeah? Well next time you want to commit political suicide like that, I'll appreciate your leaving me out of it.

    And she opens the door and leaves. Follow her into

    INT. COMPLEX - DAY

    She marches by Rollins, who's now waiting in

    ROLLINS You wanted to see me, Mike?

    KOZAK Yeah. You're second chairing the Chisolm case. As of now.

    ROLLINS Why?

    KOZAK Because you're blaCK. The media and everyone else is turning this into a race thing, and I need some window'dressing.

    ROLLINS I'm not comfortable with that.

    KOZAK

    the

    It's not a request. I've qot a motion for a continuance this afternoon at two. We'll leave here at one fifteen.

    wings.

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    And he closes his door.

    Off Rollins, we

    CUT TO:

    INT. MARKOWITZ'S KITCHEN - DAY

    Markowitz is lying on his stomach playing with Matthew.

    MARKOWITZ (lifting his head; bearing teeth)

    Here comes the dinosaur.

    And Matthew points at him, causing Markowitz to let his head fall to the floor.

    MARKOWITZ (lifting his head again)

    And here he comes again. (growling)

    Ggggrrrrrr.

    And Matthew points again. Markowitz drops down again, upon which Kelsey enters. She Markowitz and lets out a terrified scream. Markowitz that he screams. Then--

    his head face sees the prone It so scares

    KELSEY MARKOWITZ What are you doing?!! What are you doing?!!

    KELSEY I thought you had another heart attack for God's sake!!

    KELSEY What are you doing on the floor?!

    KELSEY

    MARKOWITZ You're gonna gfve me one, scream~ng like that! We're just playing!

    Don't you ~ do that to me.

    MARKOWITZ Don't you do that to m!!!

    KELSEY My God.

    (then) I'm sorry.

    MARKOWITZ My God.

    (then) I'm sorry.

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    And they both smile.

    KELSEY Look, we don't have to be so. skittish. Coronaries are very common.

    KELSEY (they've said it a million times)

    You're totally fine.

    MARKOWITZ (ditto)

    I'm totally fine.

    KELSEY Yeah.

    (a beat) Okay, I'm off_ to testify. 00 I look sympathetic enough?

    MARKOWITZ You look fine.

    (another beat) What're you gonna say?

    KELSEY If I repeat that conversation, Stuart, ... we're gonna be out a lot of money.

    MARKOWITZ Yup.

    KELSEY It would be hard to remember what I said back then, don't you think?

    MARKOWITZ It was so long ago.

    KELSEY Anybody could forget.

    MARKOWITZ Yup.

    Off Kelsey, hating herself, we

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    Rosalind and Sollers are present. Waiting. A beat, before Abby enters.

    ABBY (short)

    Hi.

    ROSALIND Hi, Abby.

    SOLLERS Ms. Perkins. Thanks for meeting us.

    SOLLERS (gently)

    Listen, this is a terrible thing, we hate putting you in the middle, we really do.

    ABBY (neutral)

    I don't know why you subpoenaed me.

    SOLLERS (deftly)

    Well, I won't be asking you to say anything negative about McKenzie, Brackman, you can rest easy about that.

    ABBY (giving nothing)

    Uh huh.

    SOLLERS But it is my. understanding you considered your working experiences with Rosalind to be quite positive.

    ABBY (still nothing)

    Uh huh.

    SOLLERS And I'd simply be asking you to comment on those positive experiences.

    ABBY But before you put me up there, you want to be sure that I'll say the right thing. .

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    SOLLERS Well naturally I want to know I have an accurate understanding of your feelings for Rosalind.

    Abby looks at Rosalind. Then back to Sollers.

    ABBY You don't want my testimony.

    SOLLERS (a little less gentle)

    If you're in that witness chair, you have to tell the truth, Ms. Perkins.

    ABBY I know which side of my bread gets buttered, Mr. Sollers.

    SOLLERS Are you telling me you're prepared to commit perjury?

    ABBY (matter-of-fact)

    I'm telling you if you put me up there ... you'll get hurt.

    She gives a half smile, then exits. A beat.

    SOLLERS You know her better than I do. Is she bluffing?

    ROSALIND (a beat; her eyes on the door)

    Skip her. Let's go straight to Ann Kelsey.

    otf this, we

    CUT TO:

    INT. CRIMINAL COURT - DAY

    Motion session. The room is packed with police, spectators, and a heavy black population, led by Attorney Nunn. Kuzak and ADA Thompson stand before Judge Walter stone, white, fifties. Brian Chisolm sits at the defense table, next to Rollins.

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    KOZAK Your honor, the defense would move for a six-week continuance, so that we may have time to fully prepare for trial.

    THOMPSON (has his orders)

    Opposed.

    KOZAK Your honor, the district attorney had agreed to a plea bargain, which agreement was suddenly revoked two days ago. We were hot anticipating a trial and therefore aren't ready.

    NUNN (rising)

    An innocent boy gets murdered and they don't "anticipate" a trial?

    And the black spectators rumble with disapproval, under

    JUDGE STONE Mr. Nunn. I'll ask you not to disrupt this courtroom. Mr. Kuzak, I understand the district attorney has afforded you complete discovery.

    KOZAK Yes but I would like to conduct my own.investigations.

    JUDGE STONE You've had five months for that.

    KOZAK As I explained, we expected to plead this out. So I --

    JUDGE STONE Well that's just lawyering, it's no grounds for a continuance. I'm not delaying this trial.

    KOZAK You can't be serious.

    JUDGE STONE I'll give you one week. Next Tuesday, we impanel.

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    KUZAK That's ridiculous!

    NUNN (leaping up)

    Why is it ridiculous, Mr. Kuzak?

    NUNN JUDGE STONE Mr. Nunn, I don't want to warn you again.

    Is it ridiculous for the life of a black child to count for something?!

    As the gallery reacts --

    KUZAK Your honor, I also move for an order, restraining this man from making public statements concerning this case. Mr. Nunn represents the family of the victim in civil litigation, and it is my belief he is publicly promoting a criminal conviction to bolster his civil cause of action.

    NUNN Does counsel seek to squash my first amendment rights?

    KUZAK Counsel seeks to stop your hysterical grandstanding!

    As the gallery reacts --

    JUDGE STONE Alright, that's enough.

    KOZAK Your honor, he is inflaming the media and the public. And he's undermining my client's chance of getting a fair trial.

    NUNN What about fairness for the black people being murdered by the police?!

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    JUDGE STONE (over the shouts of the gallery)

    Mr. Nunn! sit down!

    NUNN You can shut me up. silence the people! be heard!!

    But you won't The people will

    And the gallery really reacts, under --

    KOZAK This man is a sideshow, judge!

    JUDGE STONE (over the din)

    Quiet! I've made my ruling.

    KOZAK I object to that ruling!!

    JUDGE STONE Too bad. Next week, we go to trial.

    And the gallery explodes with approval. Chisolm is terrified. Rollins stares straight ahead, expressionless. Off Kuzak, in disbelief of what he sees to be happening here, we

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    INT. CIVIL COURT - DAY

    Sollers has Kelsey on the stand. Sifuentes, Van Owen and the usual suspects are tense, willing her to have a lapse of memory.

    SOLLERS Would you consider yourself a friend of Rosalind Shays, Ms. Kelsey?

    KELSEY I don't harbor any ill will towards her.

    Sollers smiles. "Nice dodge". Then-

    SOLLERS Would you consider yourself to be her friend.

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    No.

    KELSEY (a beat)

    SOLLERS In fact, ou totally opposed her ever Jo~n~ng the firm, you repeatedly clashed with her once she came to the firm, and you loat~the idea of her becoming senior partner. Would that assessment be fair or unfair?

    KELSEY Fair.

    SOLLERS You also had a pet nickname for her too, didn't you?

    VAN OWEN Objection. This has no relevance.

    SOLLERS I'm trying to show that if this witness has any bias or predisposition, it goes against my client.

    VAN OWEN I think we've established that.

    SOLLERS Your honor, I'd like the jury to see the degree of hostility at work here.

    JUDGE ALEXANDER I'll allow it.

    SOLLERS What was your pet name for my client, Ms. Kelsey?

    KELSEY l'm not sure what you mean.

    SOLLERS Come on, I've subpoenaed Ms. Perkins and several secretaries who heard you say it. I can also recall your husband.

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    SOLLERS (Cont'd) Once he's feeling better, of course.

    (a beat) What was tqe name you used to call her?

    KELSEY (quietly; looking away)

    The queen bitch.

    SOLLERS Mm hmn. NOw, given how unwilling you must be to help her, havin9 dubbed her ... what you dubbed her, I'm going to call on you now to remember a certain conversation YOQ had with her after she was forced out of being senior partner.

    The partners squirm as Van Owen is up in a flash, under

    VAN OWEN Objection. Calls for hearsay.

    SOLLERS It's an admission as well as a declaration against interests, Judge.

    JUDGE ALEXANDER The objection's overruled.

    SOLLERS Do you remember the conversation, Ms.. Kelsey?

    KELSEY (dodging again)

    I had many conversations with her. I certainly can't remember them all.

    SOLLERS I'm talking about a very specific one which took place in the ladies' room after this all came down. Remember that one?

    Sifuentes and the partners are churning. Kelsey looks at them. Then

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    KELSEY I can recall talking to her in the ladies' 'room a few different times.

    And McKenzie, Brackman et al. ever so slightly exhale with relief.

    SOLLERS Did you tell her.'.. that if a man had done the things she had done, he'd be hailed as a hiro and a great leader .. but because Rosalind Shays was a woman, she was punished and chased o,ut?

    KELSEY (a beat: backpaddling)

    I don't think I ever used those words.

    Did

    Did Ms.

    SOLLERS you use words to that

    (no response) you use words to that Kelsey?

    effect?

    effect,

    Kelsey looks to the troops. Their expressions are commanding her to answer "no". A long beat, then

    Yes.

    KELSEY (quietly)

    The defense table slumps slightly, under

    SOLLERS And Ms. Kelsey. When you said that,' that she had basically been discriminated against because she was a woman .. were you lying or did you really mean it?

    KELSEY (another beat; she's under oath)

    I really meant it.

    SOLLERS Thank you, mam. Nothing further .

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    sifuentes, Brackman et al. just slink with defeat. Off them we

    Oh God.

    MCKENZIE (over black; softly to himself)

    THE END

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